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Irvine Police Department Supports National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

3/14/2014

 

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Irvine Police Department will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This year, Irvine Police and the DEA will support two collection sites. One at the Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, 92606 and the other hosted by Kaiser Permanente - Irvine Medical Center at 6670 Alton Parkway (near the Alton/Sand Canyon Medical Office Building #1). Collection hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Community members may drive up and drop off their medications free and anonymously during those hours. 


This effort seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft while providing for the safe and responsible disposal of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.  Prescription medications that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Also, improper disposal of these medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet, can impact the environment. 

The Irvine Police Department has promoted similar events in the past with great success and is excited to support this nationwide effort.  Community members are encouraged to take advantage of this easy and responsible disposal opportunity. Just drive up to the steps of the Civic Center and drop of your medications wither our personnel and volunteers.   All medications will be immediately turned over to a DEA on site for proper disposal. 

Please note: “Sharps” (hypodermic needles) will not be accepted, as this event was developed specifically for the disposal of medications. 

Community members with questions regarding this local event may contact Sergeant Matt August at (949) 724-7023.  Additional information regarding the DEA’s national campaign, including other local collection sites, is available at:

 

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html